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Soen Audio TRANSIT wireless speaker review – good speaker in a small package

Soen Audio Transit bluetooth speaker

What do you get when you take a handful of engineers and designers from Harman and JBL, put them together in a new company, and task them with creating a portable wireless speaker? You get the Soen Audio TRANSIT.

Soen Audio Transit wireless speaker

Overview

With all bringing their best in speaker design and audio know-how, they have come up with a relatively small and portable bluetooth speaker that is generating some buzz, with some even using words such as this is what an Apple manufactured portable speaker would look like. Those are big words to live up to, so what can you expect from the TRANSIT.

According to Soen Audio themselves, you can expect best-in-class audio performance in a thin package that is CNC machined with some brushed aluminium components and TPU rubber armour. You probably don’t want to throw this one around at the beach, but it is said to withstand the occasional knock, and it comes with a magnetic protective cover, just like some other portable speakers we know. There is even a cleverly integrated kick stand at the back of the unit, showing that they have taken the modern smartphone owner into consideration when they designed it. The dimensions of the TRANSIT is 169mm (wide) x 97mm (tall) x 33mm (thick).

Soen Audio Transit at the beach

Inside the casing it is packed with their own developed stuff, such as proprietary transducers and Pure EQ, allowing for a minimal size and maximum listening experience. Their own Momentum Port ensures a strong bass performance as well. Battery is rechargeable and provides up to 8-hours of streaming at normal volumes, and takes about 2-hours to recharge again. A micro USB port is situated at one side together with a standard audio 3.5mm input. Integrated microphone allows for use as hands free calling.

Review

Soen Audio is entering a very competitive arena with their TRANSIT portable wireless speaker, a market that has seen an influx of speakers in a large variety of price ranges. Amongst the more recognizable competitors you find the likes of Jawbone Jambox and Bose Soundlink. So, how does the Soen Audio TRANSIT compare in this market?

Positives

The design of the TRANSIT i find to be both stylish and understated. It is not going after the colorful end of the market, instead offering up a more “executive” style with its sleek black finish, rubberized finish on the main body that avoids unnecessary finger prints from handling the unit, the brushed aluminum lines, and not to mention the little kickstand at the back that completes, what is in my mind, a very well designed speaker.

Size and weight is quite ideal for portability while maintaining a decent audio level. You can easily throw the TRANSIT into a bag as you go to the park our out traveling. The overall design also makes it an ideal office speaker in my book.

Having taking it through a variety of music over the last few weeks, I’m yet to experience any serious distortion, even at top volume and bass heavy tracks. Overall I would say that bass performance for its size is among the better in the market at the moment. I’m not talking about room shaking bass, but one that provides a balanced audio against the mids- and highs.

Negatives

I would love to have tried pairing two TRANSITS together for true left/right stereo to see what the sound would be like, as sometimes the stereo separation feels a bit lacking. I find that this is not uncommon in ultra compact speakers like these however.

It is not really a negative, as the battery delivered close to 8-hours of playtime before needing a recharge, but given that some competitors these days are offering +10 hours of playtime, it drags the overall score down just a bit.

Overall

There is no doubt in my mind that Soen Audio have created a potentially very good portable bluetooth speaker, but the main drawback is the performance in relation to the price point. I get that they are going after the higher end of the market with the design and all, the ones that can afford to pay a premium price, but I can’t help but think that the TRANSIT could have become a crowd favorite if the price was just a bit more competitive. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed testing it out over the last few weeks.

Update! Since the review Soen Audio has reduced the price to $199.95, so we have revised the overall score to 4.5 stars.

Soen Audio Transit bluetooth speaker

Price & availability

The Soen Audio TRANSIT is now available in the US from amongst other SoenAudioStore.com for $249 $199.95 and from Amazon. No word yet on UK release, but we hope to see it soon after.

[Source: Soen Audio]

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2 Responses to "Soen Audio TRANSIT wireless speaker review – good speaker in a small package"

  1. Soen Audio says:

    Hello Daniel,

    Thanks for covering TRANSIT by Soen.

    Team SOEN is working hard to get TRANSIT ready for UK like you said. Please stay tuned for updates.

    Cheers!
    Hari

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